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  1. Hindi Language Screening

    August 28 2015

    For students who are planning to register for, or are already registered in, HINDI language classes please read for screening information.

  2. Assistant Professor Korean Studies 2015

    August 10 2015

    The Department of East Asian Studies in the Faculty of Arts at the University of Alberta invites applications for Assistant Professor in Korean Studies (tenure-track, starting July 1, 2016).

  3. Chinese Literature Search 2015

    July 29 2015

    The Department of East Asian Studies in the Faculty of Arts at the University of Alberta invites applications for Assistant Professor in Modern Chinese Literature (tenure-track, starting July 1, 2016). Please follow the link for more information.

  4. Japanese Placement Test 2015_16

    July 07 2015

    Japanese Placement Tests confirmed for language classes in Fall and Winter 2015-16.

  5. EASIA 346 Japanese Literature at a Crossroads

    June 12 2015

    There is still time to register in EASIA 346 (formerly JAPAN 322). Please click on the title above to see the poster and description of this class. It will deepen your knowledge of contemporary Japanese society through literature, manga and film. Don't miss the opportunity!

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About us

The Department of East Asian Studies at the University of Alberta offers degree programs at the undergraduate and graduate level in Chinese and Japanese language, linguistics, and literature. As the only university department between Toronto and Vancouver devoted solely to the study of East Asia, we provide our students with a valuable opportunity to build a solid foundation for a career involving this exciting and economically vigorous part of the world.

Message from Professor Mikael Adolphson, Chair

Welcome to the Department of East Asian Studies; one of the most dynamic and exciting departments in the Faculty of Arts at the University of Alberta. We offer courses on the languages and cultures of China, Japan and Korea at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Courses on East Asia have been offered regularly at the University of Alberta since 1961, making our programme one of the oldest in Western Canada. East Asia-related courses at the University of Alberta were originally offered within the Department of History and Classics, but in response to the increasing demand for courses on East Asia an independent Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures was formed in 1981. Renamed the Department of East Asian Studies in 1994 to reflect the expanded range of topics covered in its courses, the department has continued to grow steadily and now boasts record enrolments in its language and culture courses. In the past five years, our Korea courses have experienced an especially dramatic increase in student interest, and we are working hard to meet that demand, in part by adding a new faculty member for the 2016-17 academic year.Read more...